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World Cup: France vs. Ireland

In Football, World Cup 2010 on November 16, 2009 at 10:05

By Joe,


French forward Nicolas Anelka was the difference between the two teams last time they met.

The first leg Croke Park ended with a  French victory with an Anelka deflected 72-minute goal which put France in a commanding position before the return leg in Paris. It will be hard to see how the Irish will manage to come back from their disappointing performance in Dublin. The scene is set for another epic battle in Paris between France and Ireland to battle it out for one of the four spots left in the European zone to qualify for the World Cup.

France are favorites to qualify ahead of the second leg and Coach Raymond Domenech could earn himself another chance to prove himself. Domenech does not need to change much of his tactic nor his starting lineup on Wednesday as they did well against Ireland. The only incident that the French came into tussle was the bust up between Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews and France’s Lassana Diarra after the final whistle. A few words were exchange and it seem like Diarra had made some disrespectful comment over the Irish squad. French full-back Eric Abidal and Jeremy Toulalan will miss Wednesday’s game.

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni gave the thumps up for Liam Lawrence on the right side of the midfield in the first leg against France and looks likely to keep it the same for the second leg. Ireland played well but missed a few chances to take the lead in the first leg, they now travel to Paris in search for, at least, a goal to take it to extra time or penalties. A clean sheet and two goal win will put Ireland through to the World Cup. Trapattoni could well in for the same line up that started against France last Saturday. Robbie Keane is rallying the troop and motivating them for the tough task ahead of the second leg.

From Croke Park to Stade de France, this is the Irish’s last chance to qualify for the World Cup. France are sitting comfortably with the 1-0 lead and could settle the tie with another goal in Paris. Ireland will have all to play for and they will attack without thinking the consequences which will make this one of the exciting ties of the night. If anything is to go by from the last match’s bust up in Croke Park, then Stade de France will provide the fireworks.

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World Cup Playoff: Ireland vs. France

In Football, World Cup 2010 on November 11, 2009 at 10:28

By Joe,

Can Robbie Keane shoot Ireland in the World Cup next summer in South Africa?

Can Robbie Keane shoot Ireland into the World Cup next summer in South Africa?

A two legged tie between Ireland and France will determine one winner who will join the big party in South Africa next summer for the World Cup. The first tie will be played in Ireland at Croke Park and the Irish will be hoping to get a good result at home before traveling to France next Wednesday for the second leg. France are favorites to go through to the World Cup.

Ireland are no strangers to play offs as they were in the playoff qualifying round for the World Cup in South Korea and Japan 2002. They beat Iran 2-0 in Croke Park but lost 2-1 out in the 2nd leg in Iran denying them a place in the World Cup 2002. Today, they have another chance to qualify for the World Cup again through the Playoff but this time with a stronger squad and with an experience Italian Coach, Giovanni Trapattoni. The Italian have call up most of the Premier League Irish players like Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Shay Given, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle to lead the way to a place in South Africa. Keiren Westwood will be replaced by Brain Murphy.

France have surprisingly omitted Captain Patrick Vieira for their double encounter against Ireland. Coach Raymond Domenech decided to cut Vieira because he has not been a regular in the Inter team. Vieira has only appeared nine times for Inter in all competition. Domenech has an aura of doing his business in a mysterious way and he has striked once again by picking two uncapped players, Girondins Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso and Olympique Lyon defender Aly Cissokho. France will be travel to Ireland with familiar faces like Nicolas Anelka, Abou Diaby, Patrice Evra and Thierry Henry.

Ireland was unbeaten in their group and that’s a positive sign going into the match against France. There will be no shortage of excitement in this tie and both teams have players to attack at any given time. Last time France visited Croke Park, they were victorious with a 1-0 win but this time the Irish will at least claim a draw.

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